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The Films of Sergei Paradjanov

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Director : Sergei Paradjanov
Starring:
Country s : Russia, Ukraine
Genre :
Type: Color
Year: 1964
Language: Ukrainian with English subtitles
Length: 92
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

SYNOPSIS

The films of Sergei Paradjanov now available in a 4 DVD Box Set.

"In the temple of cinema, there are images, light and reality. Sergei Paradjanov was the master of that temple" - Jean-Luc Godard

REVIEWS

"(PARADJANOV'S) GREATEST WORK...full of visual surprises and fearless leaps in style." - Edward Guthman, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Films

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

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  • Director: Sergei Paradjanov
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Year:1964
  • Language:Ukrainian with English subtitles
  • Description:
one of the landmarks of 1960's world cinema in a new transfer that restores Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors in all the extravagant color, vivid tragedy, and lucid anthropological detail that stunned audiences when it first premiered. See more.

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is a boldly conceived and astonishingly photographed blend of enchanting mythology, hypnotic religious iconography, and pagan magic. And although its unsentimental depiction of the harsh realities of Russian regional history forced visionary director Sergei Pararadjanov (The Color of Pomegranates) into direct conflict with bureaucrats then controlling the Soviet film industry, the film became an international sensation when it was released in 1964.

"There is no devil in church, only among men." Deep in the Carpathian Mountains of 19th-century Ukraine, love, hate, life, and death among the Hutsul people are as they've been since time began. While young Ivan's mother mourns her husband's brutal murder, Ivan is drawn to Marichka, the beautiful young daughter of the man who killed his father. But fate tragically decrees that the two lovers will remain apart. Unhappily married to another woman and cursed by a sorcerer in this life, Ivan's obsession with his lost love lures him ever closer to a reunion with Marichka in death.

In this DVD edition, Kino is proud to present one of the landmarks of 1960's world cinema in a new transfer that restores Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors in all the extravagant color, vivid tragedy, and lucid anthropological detail that stunned audiences when it first premiered.

USSR 1964 97 min. Color (1.33:1)
In Ukrainian with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles
A film by SERGEI PARADJANOV
SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS
Starring IVAN MIKOLAJCHUK LARISA KADOCHNIKOVA TATYANA BESTAYEVA
SPARTAK BAGASHVILI NIKOLAI GRINKO and LEONID YENGIBAROV
Production Design MIKHAIL RAKOVSKY and G. YAKUTOVICH
Costume Design LIDIYA BAJKOVA Editing M. PONOMARENKO
Cinematography VIKTOR BESTAYEV and YURI ILYENKO
Original Music by MIROSLAV SKORIK
Written by IVAN CHENDEJ and SERGEI PARADJANOV
>From the story by MIKHAYLO KOVSYUBINSKIY
Assistant Director DAVID ABASHIDZE
Directed by SERGEI PARADJANOV
© 1964 Dovzhenko Film Studio
© 2007 Ruscico

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The Color Of Pomegranates / Paradjanov: A Requiem - Double-Feature

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  • Director: Sergei Paradjanov
  • Country: Armenia, Germany, U.S.
  • Year:1969 / 1994
  • Language:Amenian w/English subtitles
  • Description:
Double-feature DVD includes The Color of Pomegranates (88 min.) with Paradjanov: A Requiem(57 min.) See more.

Please note, these are not newly remastered

THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES
Armenia, 1969, 88 min. Color

Sergei Paradjanov (1924-1990) has been acclaimed as the greatest Russian filmmaker to appear since the golden age of Eisenstein and Dovzhenko. His baroque masterpiece, The Color Of Pomegranates, was banned in the Soviet Union for its religious sentiment and nonconformity to "Socialist realism"; its director, a tirelessly outspoken campaigner for human rights, was convicted on a number of trumped-up charges and sentenced to five years of hard labor in the gulag. A wave of protest from the international film community led to his release in 1978.

Aesthetically the most extreme film ever made in the U.S.S.R., Pomegranates, his hallucinatory epic account of the life of the 18th Century Armenian national poet, Sayat Nova, conveys the glory of what a cinema of high art can be like. Conceived as an extraordinary complex series of painterly tableaux that recall Byzantine mosaics, the film is a dreamlike icon come-to-life of astonishing beauty and rigor. It evokes the poet's childhood and youth, his days as a troubadour at the court of King Heraclius II of Georgia, his retreat to a monastery and his old age and death.

There has never been a film like this magical work. It fully justifies critic Alexei Korotyukov's remark: "Paradjanov made films not about how things are, but how they would have been had he been God."

PARADJANOV: A REQUIEM
Germany/US. 1994. 57 min. Color

An absorbing portrait of one of the most colorful and revered figures in world cinema, Paradjanov: A Requiem offers an affectionate and insightful look at the tumultuous career of the late Sergei Paradjanov; artist, dissident, romantic and iconoclast.

From his early years as a protégé of silent film legends Dovzhenko and Eisenstein, Paradjanov charts the evolution of the controversial director's artistry, which culminated in the creation of brilliant, hallucinatory film fantasies of Ukranian poetry and folk legends. Rather than being celebrated for this mesmerizing work, the Armenian director was branded a "surrealist" by Soviet authorities and imprisioned for his artistic and intellectual challenges to the reigning dogma of socialist realism.

Rare, extensive interviews with the outspoken director are interlaced with clips from Paradjanov's filmic sedcutions of the eye and imagination, including Ashik Kerib, The Legend Of Suram Fortress and Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors. Scenes form the director's earlier films, unavailable in the West (such as Andriesh, The First Lad, Ukranian Rhapsody), can be seen for the first time. Drawings, photographs and fragments of uncompleted films coalesce to make Paradjanov: A Requiem a revealing account of an unforgettable artist.

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The Legend of Suram Fortress (remastered)

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  • Director: Sergei Paradjanov
  • Country: Russia
  • Year:1984
  • Language:Georgian with English Subtitles
  • Description:
The Legend of Suram Fortress is a dazzling film by visionary director Sergei Paradjanov See more.

Inspired by an ancient Russian folk tale and adapted from the novella by Daniel Chongadze, The Legend of Suram Fortress is a dazzling film by visionary director Sergei Paradjanov (Ashik Kerib, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors).

As the story opens, repeated efforts by the Georgian people to construct a defensive stronghold continually fail. The building they are laboring to complete collapses, but then a fortune teller remembers an old prophecy: In order for the fortress to stand, the son of her erstwhile lover must be bricked up inside the structure ‹ alive. The young man is faced with the prospect of sacrificing himself to save his homeland.

Filled with vivid and unforgettable imagery, The Legend of Suram Fortress is a surreal ode to the Georgian warriors throughout the ages who died for their country.

USSR 1984 83 min. Color Original Aspect Ratio (1.33:1) In Georgian with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles
A GEORGIA-FILM STUDIO Production
A film by SERGEI PARADJANOV THE LEGEND OF SURAM FORTRESS
Starring VERIKO ANDZHAPARIDZE DODO ABASHIDZE SOFIKO CHIAURELI DEDUKHANA TSERODZE TAMAR TSITSISHVILI ZURAB KIPSHIDZE and LEVAN UCHAINESHVILI
Costume Design IRINA MIKATADZE
Production Design ALEKSANDR DZHANSHIEV
Cinematography YURI KLIMENKO
Original Music DZHANSUG KAKHIDZE
Written by VAZHA GIGASHVILI
From the novella by DANIEL CHONGADZE
Produced by KHUTA GOGILADZE and M. SIMKSAYEV
Assistant Director DODO ABASHIDZE
Directed by SERGEI PARADJANOV
© 1985 Sovexportfilm © 2007 Ruscico

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Ashik Kerib (remastered)

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  • Director: Sergei Paradjanov
  • Country: Russia
  • Year:1988
  • Language:Georgian with English Subtitles
  • Description:
From Sergei Paradjanov, one of the most acclaimed and experimental directors of the Soviet cinema, comes Ashik Kerib, a 19th century romantic tale evocatively brought to life. See more.

From Sergei Paradjanov (The Legend of Suram Fortress, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors), one of the most acclaimed and experimental directors of the Soviet cinema, comes Ashik Kerib, a 19th century romantic tale evocatively brought to life.

Lermontov's famous fable tells of Ashik Kerib, the wandering minstrel who is trying to earn enough money to marry the girl he loves. But when the father of his beloved spurns him, Ashik is forced to roam the land for 1,001 nights. In recounting the story, Paradjanov boldly dispenses with conventional storytelling devices. Ashik Kerib is a series of glorious tableaux, exquisitely composed, choreographed and photographed. In addition, Paradjanov combines intertitles with images of early Russian artwork, which are then overlaid with a haunting blend of traditional and contemporary musical forms.

Ashik Kerib was Paradjanov's last completed feature film, and it was dedicated to Andrei Tarkovsky, the director's close personal friend, who had died just two years earlier. Stylistically stunning, it is a unique and unforgettable cinematic experience.

USSR 1988 74 min. Color Original Aspect Ratio (1.33:1) In Georgian with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles

GEORGIA-FILM STUDIO presents A film by SERGEI PARADJANOV
ASHIK KERIB
Starring YURI MGOYAN SOFIKO CHIAURELI RAMAZ CHKHIKVADZE KONSTANTIN STEPANKOV BAYA DVALISHVILI and VERONIKA METONIDZE
Production Design GEORGY MESKHISHVILI SHOTA GOGOLASHVILI and NIKOLAI ZANDUKELI
Costume Design E. MAGALASHVILI
Cinematography ALBERT YAVURYAN and SERGO SIKHARULIDZE
Songs Sung by ALIM GASIMOV
Music by DZHAVANSHIR KULIYEV
Written by GUIYA BADRIDZE
From the story by MIKHAIL LERMONTOV
Assistant Director DAVID ABASHIDZE
Directed by SERGEI PARADJANOV
Copyright 1988 Filmexport Studios
Copyright 2007 Ruscico

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